Rockets’ Chris Paul Stops by NBPA’s Heart and Health Screening in Houston

All eyes were on Chris Paul as he returned from a left hamstring strain to help the Houston Rockets down the Orlando Magic on Sunday, 103-98. But the All-Star guard’s impact at the Toyota Center that day extended well past his 12 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals.

Prior to the game, Chris dropped into a heart and health screening event for retired players, put on by the National Basketball Players Association, that serviced 25 former pros. The NBPA, of which Chris has been the president since August 2013, has partnered with the National Basketball Retired Players Association to put on six of these screenings each year. So far, Joe Rogowski, the NBPA’s director of sports medicine and research, has overseen more than 400 such screenings.

“It’s a true brotherhood and it’s a family, and it’s always great to see those guys,” Chris said, per FOX 26 Sports’ Mark Berman. “Sometimes we take so many things for granted on a daily basis. To talk to some of those guys and hear that we’re literally saving guys' lives—guys who are a part of this fraternity, part of this NBA basketball community. That’s better than any dunk, three-pointer, championship that you can ever win. That’s what it’s all about.”

Among the initiative’s success stories is Hall of Famer Nate “Tiny” Archibald, who discovered a heart abnormality at an event in New York City two years ago and subsequently underwent a life-saving heart transplant. The latest edition at the Rockets’ home gym brought in three former University of Houston stars-turned-NBA stalwarts in Otis Birdsong, Greg “Cadillac” Anderson and Carl Herrera.


Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.